Every eye in the doctor’s waiting room turned toward the weary-looking mother pushing a wheelchair into the room. A severely disabled boy lolled back in the chair.
Another boy sitting near the door smiled tentatively at the boy in the wheelchair, whose face was transformed as he smiled back. The boy sitting near the door stood and approached the wheelchair.
“Hi!” he said. “My name is Tim. What’s yours?”
The mother replied softly, “His name is Jerry. He can’t talk.”
Tim said, “That’s all right. I’ll just talk to him, if it’s okay.”
“I like your shoes, Jerry,” Tim continued. He lifted his foot so Jerry could see. “They’re almost like mine.”
Jerry smiled, and the two boys “talked” until Jerry was called back to see the doctor. Everyone in the waiting room was silent, awed by the love and acceptance Tim had exhibited in reaching out to Jerry.
God constantly admonishes us to love, and we live in a world that is as hungry for love as it is for bread. Our love for God is reflected in the love we show for others. The measure of our love for God is showcased through the love we show others.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God” 1 John 4:7a NASB
Written by - Jean P. Sours in The Upper Room Daily Devotional